Is it possible that some of our church plants receive members in this fashion? Yes, it is altogether possible, especially when one considers that one of America’s leading church planting networks is led by a Pastor whose congregation is among those accepting members in this manner. Is it possible that the network is training their church planters to embrace non-immersed membership as normative?
“Success” is the crown worn by those who have attracted the largest following. Church members desire chaplains to attend them and comfort them. They shy away from men of God who would proclaim the ultimatums of Truth to them. The admiration of godless ambition has gifted to the modern church a plethora of undisciplined complacent pew warmers. I say this only to state what I think is desperately obvious: we need revival.
Each group (Generals and Particulars) became known for their view of the atonement of Christ. The Particular Baptists held to a “particular redemption” or limited atonement. The General Baptists were more Arminian and held to a “universal” or general atonement by which Christ died for all sinners and those who believe in Jesus will be saved.
Baptists baptize. Such a self-evident statement might be considered incontestable if not for the curious trend described in this essay. If you will pardon the expression, Southern Baptists are watering down our doctrine of baptism. Today, a number of Southern Baptist Churches are accepting Christians into full membership who have never been scripturally baptized by the mode of immersion. In doing so, they are creating a class of sprinkled Southern Baptists—a development presenting us all with a host of denominationally defining implications.
By Joe McKeever, Preacher, Cartoonist, Pastor, and retired Director of Missions at the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. Coming tomorrow: Interview with a former Calvinist, part 1. Today’s blog post continues a series of articles concerning the ministry of deacons in the local church. Click on the following links to access […]